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20 Years of the Queen's Lecture at TU Berlin

2017 marks the occasion of 20 years of Queen’s Lectures at TU Berlin. During their first ten years from 1966 to 1975, the lectures were held at various venues in Berlin, before being suspended for a time.

After the allied protecting powers withdrew from Berlin in 1994, various bodies, including the British Council, began to consider how best to maintain the special relationship between TU Berlin and Great Britain on an ongoing basis. It was, after all, the British who had taken the initial steps to enable TU Berlin, located within the British military sector, to cast off the damaged reputation of its predecessor after World War II and establish itself it as an important pillar of democratic society. The British had made it a condition that the re-established TU Berlin should also now research and teach within the area of the humanities, as an indispensable addition to technical specialist education, in order to produce qualified specialists with social responsibility.

In 1996 Rosemary Spencer, British ambassador, announced the resumption of the Queen’s Lectures at the TU Berlin during her speech to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the re-establishment of TU Berlin.

As many as 2,000 guests annually have attended the Queen’s Lectures since their resumption at TU Berlin. The lectures have focused on a highly diverse range of subjects from natural sciences, engineering, human sciences, humanities and economics.

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